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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jmcelhatton@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jim McElhatton

Just-cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the production line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

'Compromised' keys cost Treasury Department big bucks

IRS officials disclosed that keys at two leased Treasury Department buildings in Washington have been "compromised," and the agency has signed off on an emergency no-bid contract for a locksmith to change hundreds of locks. Published March 12, 2014

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Thompson plea raises questions about his old accounting firm

Known as the infamous political rainmaker who admitted to subverting elections in the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions with more than $2 million in questionable campaign cash, Jeffrey E. Thompson earned at least part of his fortune winning contracts scrubbing the financial books of government agencies. Published March 11, 2014

** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton. (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital

Bill Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee from the nonprofit Washington Hospital Center smack in the middle of two big rounds of layoffs in 2012 — one of a number of tax-exempt organizations that have paid big money to hear the former president talk. Published March 6, 2014

The Obama administration is waiving its ethics rules for former Time magazine editor Richard Stengel, now an advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. (Associated Press)

Ex-Time executive gets ethics waiver to communicate with press

The Obama administration is waiving its ethics rules for former Time magazine managing editor turned State Department official Richard Stengel, one of a half dozen officials at Foggy Bottom who have received special exemptions from provisions aimed at cracking down on the revolving door between special interests and government. Published March 4, 2014

Senior political adviser David Axelrod told CBS' "This Morning" that voters will make their judgments based on President Obama's actions, not his words. (Associated Press)

Another government conference under scrutiny over costs

Just weeks after President Obama expressed outrage in 2012 over lavish conference spending by federal employees, the government laid out more than $1.1 million for another gathering in Florida that involved free food, alcohol and live entertainment. Published March 4, 2014

**ADVANCE FOR DEC. 9-10 ** FILE**Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, speaks during an immigration hearing in Gastonia, N.C., Aug. 25, 2006. The 31-year-old McHenry represents a safe GOP district and is ready to become a leading voice of attack against the new Democratic leadership. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

HUD improper lobbying probe focus shifts to Mincberg

Congressional scrutiny into improper lobbying at the Department of Housing and Urban Development shifted Wednesday from a Virginia cabinet secretary nominee to a high-ranking political appointee at HUD accused of threatening investigators. Published February 26, 2014

Packages await sorting at a post office in Atlanta as U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail to load into his truck before making his delivery run on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Report: Outsourcing real estate puts Postal Service at risk

The money-losing U.S. Postal Service has put itself at financial risk by outsourcing its vast real estate sales and lease brokering to a company that can represent parties on both ends of deals, according to a new watchdog report. Published February 20, 2014

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Politicians yet to return big money from Stanford's Ponzi scam

Five years after R. Allen Stanford's investment companies collapsed in an infamous multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, records show that the receiver charged with recouping money for victims still is chasing a long list of politicians. Published February 19, 2014

(Associated Press/File)

Cyber attack hits federal judiciary websites, filing systems

Websites, electronic filing and public record access systems for much of the federal judiciary were attacked Friday afternoon, leaving lawyers hard pressed to meet deadlines and officials scrambling to restore service. Published January 24, 2014

BACKGROUND: Aaron Alexis was arrested by Fort Worth, Texas, police on suspicion of discharging a firearm before he was granted a security clearance. (Associated Press)

Background check firm accused of bilking government of millions

The company that performs the bulk of background checks for federal agencies — including the cases of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis and National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden — cheated the government out of millions of dollars by claiming it completed still unfinished investigations, the Justice Department has charged. Published January 23, 2014